5 Epic Fail Proposal Videos (And What You Can Learn From Them) – Guest Post by Ashlee McCullen of Apron Addicts
5 Epic Fail Proposal Videos (And What You Can Learn From Them)
There’s no one way to propose to your girlfriend. A wedding proposal can be elaborate. It can be simple and sweet. It can be in public. It can be at a private spot.
Indeed, most wedding proposals are not nearly as extravagant as some of the show-stopping proposals you may have seen in viral videos. They happen quietly at lakesides, in candle-lit living rooms, and at romantic picnics.
Whatever approach you take, however, you should make it a special moment for both you and her. Otherwise, you may end up with an outcome you were not expecting. And you may face rejection at the most public of all places.
To that end, I’d like to review some of the (admittedly) funniest, most embarrassing marriage proposals found on the Internet. While these videos capture some awfully difficult moments (and some of them frankly might be staged prank videos), I present them to you in the spirit of education. By examining a few proposals that went awry, you can learn how to better prepare your own proposal.
The Improvised Proposal
Here we have a young couple being filmed for a “man on the street” type interview at a sports event. Cheering on his favorite team and offering some excited “Woos” to the camera, the daring groom makes a bold turn to his companion. He suddenly proposes.
The Lesson: Guys, your wedding proposal doesn’t need to be expensive or outrageous. But it needs to be something special. Plan ahead so you can propose to her properly. With an engagement ring. And preferably on your knees. Don’t be impatient or get the idea it would be “cool” to propose spontaneously. This young woman didn’t say “no,” so maybe she was ready to marry. But clearly this was the wrong time to pop the question.
The Sports Proposal
Here’s a quick rule of thumb: If you’re wondering whether proposing in a sports arena would be a good idea, don’t. Period.
The Lesson: There are two potential problems with a court-side (or Jumbotron) marriage offer. First, these sports proposals tend to be arranged from the man’s perspective. Your significant other may not have any special affinity for the local ballfield. Second, they’re done in the most public way possible, and your girlfriend may be uncomfortable with the spotlight on her for such an emotional event. Make sure the proposal is about the two of you.
The Off-Guard Proposal
This proposal gets off on the right foot, but quickly turns into a painful moment.
The Lesson: While it’s great to make your proposal a pleasant surprise, I would advise against making it the first time the idea of marriage is introduced in your relationship. It’s important to talk about your future, even to discuss matters like having children, if you’re inclined. If she’s not ready to say “yes,” she may feel downright awful being proposed to in front of a large crowd.
Oh, and if things aren’t going well in your relationship, a proposal is by no means a cure-all.
The Bungled Proposal
We don’t know how this one turns out. It could have ultimately ended with a “yes.” But for the moment, the plan is foiled.
The Lesson: Avoid needlessly complicated proposals. Admittedly, this particular one wasn’t too intricate, but it still illustrates my point. A lot can go wrong. Either keep the event simple or be extremely meticulous in your planning.
Make Your Proposal a Special Event
Author Bio: Ashlee McCullen is a staff writer for Apronaddicts.com, a site about fashionable aprons and kitchen style.